Although there is no medieval
documentation to prove it, longstanding Poor Clare tradition holds that
July 16 was the date of St. Clare’s birth.
What we are certain of, however, is that as she lay dying in
August 1253, Clare of Assisi breathed an immortal
You! to the God who had given her life:
May You be blessed, O Lord, for having created me!
life is sacred because
Like St. Francis, Clare recognized that
man, whole and entire, is WILLED by God
a being created to serve and love God and
to offer all creation back to Him.
the beauty of her little garden, serving her Sisters in the monastery,
offering her ceaseless round of prayer for the needs of the Church and the
world heightened St. Clare’s awareness of that simple catechetical truth
are obliged to accept life gratefully and preserve it for God’s honor
and the salvation of our souls.
are stewards, not owners, of the life God has entrusted to us.
And so, it was not hard to live and die thanking Him.